To Be Seen

I’ve spent a lot of my life hiding. As I sat in my most recent counseling session, my counselor pointed out my particularly noticeable tendency that day to participate in the conversation with only short, one-sentence replies. Stuck in my own head, I found myself struggling to vocalize the feelings I was attempting to describe, … Continue reading To Be Seen

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Depression Has No Words

I sat down to write about depression. I stared at the blank Word document on my laptop, a whirl of everything and nothing simultaneously fluttering through my mind. Something that has cascaded through my life at the most inopportune moments, barreling through any trace of happiness and healthiness, turning over any leaf of destruction that … Continue reading Depression Has No Words

Loud and Unclear

I received some harsh feedback this week. As a mental health counselor-in-training, my schooling has a bi-fold focus: academic performance and personal development. Due to this, the progress of my fellow classmates and me is measured not only through assignments and test scores, but also by our individual disposition and personality. That’s a pretty daunting … Continue reading Loud and Unclear

Stuck In The Rain

I stopped dead in my tracks, not wanting to move forward. When walking out of the side door of a hotel building to head to the car, I felt a few drops of water splash across my freshly-done hair and my carefully-selected outfit for the day. My mind flashed to my small black umbrella that … Continue reading Stuck In The Rain

Flipped Faucets

The sink faucets in my bathroom are backwards. The hot water comes out of where the cold water should be, and the cold water comes out of where the hot water should be. The sink works fine once you get a hang of the odd setup, but it’s different than the norm, and not what … Continue reading Flipped Faucets

The Client’s Chair

I guess I’m just a glutton for growth. I started seeing a new counselor at the same time I started graduate school. As a counselor-in-training, I am strongly encouraged to be in my own personal therapy throughout the duration of my program. That's not something you have to tell me twice, so I got myself … Continue reading The Client’s Chair

Long Aweighted

The calories suddenly didn’t matter to me. After a surprisingly fun workout in the gym of my apartment complex, I looked in the mirror that spanned the entire length of the wall, and I smiled. With no makeup and sweaty hair, I saw my reflection and somehow I felt beautiful. In such a simple moment, … Continue reading Long Aweighted

Getting Burned

It was way worse than I thought. After spending a sunny day by the pool during my far too short “summer break,” I came home with bright pink skin – my first sunburn of the year. From past experience, I know that my first time in the sun of every summer tends to result in … Continue reading Getting Burned

I Have Something To Share

The day after this spring semester ended, I cut off four inches of my hair. If you remember my first ever blog post (read it here), you will recall that I began graduate school by semi-impulsively chopping off 10 inches of my hair, that I had been growing out for years. Since my hair became … Continue reading I Have Something To Share

More to Know

I stood at my research poster, excitedly explaining the relationships between locus of control, religiosity, and resilience. But I’ll spare you the details (at least for now). At the end of an academically grueling semester of graduate school, I had the opportunity to present the research project that I worked on with my lovely group … Continue reading More to Know